Mick Mars

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Mick Mars
Mick Mars 2012.jpg
Mick Mars, Hollywood, CA on March 20, 2012
Background information
Birth name Robert Alan Deal
Born Terre Haute, Indiana, US
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, recording artist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Mötley, Eleven Seven Music, Elektra, Leathür, Pure Energy, S.O.M.T., Warner Music Group
Associated acts Mötley Crüe
Website www.mickmars.tv

Mick Mars (born Robert Alan Deal May 4, 1951[1] or April 4, 1955)[2] is the guitarist for American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.


Mars was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 4th, 1951 but his family moved to Huntington, Indiana soon afterwards. Before he was 9 they relocated again, this time to Garden Grove, California.[3] He dropped out of high school and began playing guitar in a series of unsuccessful blues-based rock bands throughout the 1970s, taking on menial day jobs to make ends meet. After nearly a decade of frustration with the California music scene, he reinvented himself, changing his name from Robert Deal to Mick Mars and dyeing his hair jet black, hoping for a fresh start. In April 1981 he put a want ad in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler, describing himself as "a loud, rude and aggressive guitar player". Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, who were putting together a new band which would soon become Mötley Crüe, contacted him. After hearing him play he was hired for the band.

Mars often uses a metal slide in his soloing and takes on both the rhythm and lead guitar duties of the band. In the studio and live, Mars frequently tunes his guitar down a whole step to get a stronger and crunchier rhythm sound. The altered tuning also increases string slack to enable his characteristic hammer-on trills, pitch bending, and pinch harmonics during soloing.

After an occasional split of Mötley Crüe in 2001, Mars dealt with worsening health problems and depression, and reportedly gave up guitar playing. Mars' situation improved with the reformation of Mötley Crüe, kindling the desire to play again. Mars underwent hip replacement surgery in the autumn of 2004,[4] followed with intensive physical therapy. Despite his precarious health condition, he was able to perform in the Carnival of Sins tour in 2005 and the Route of All Evil Tour with Aerosmith in 2006.

Mars has contributed songwriting to John LeCompt, the former member of Evanescence and the other band members of Machina,[5] and to the Swedish band Crashdïet. Their second album entitled, The Unattractive Revolution, was released on October 3, 2007 and featured two songs co-written by Mars.[6]

Mars played guitar on the title track of Hinder's 2008 album Take It to the Limit, and contributed a guitar solo to the song "Into the Light" by Papa Roach, on their 2009 album Metamorphosis. Mars also contributed a guitar solo to the song "The Question" on Rock Star: Supernova runner-up Dilana's U.S. debut album Inside Out.[7] In 2010 he co-wrote a song with Escape the Fate for the band's self-titled album, which was instead withheld from the album and reserved for a later release.[citation needed]


For most of his professional career, Mars has openly struggled with ankylosing spondylitis,[8] a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine and pelvis. It was initially diagnosed when he was 17 years old and has increasingly impaired his movement and has caused him a great deal of pain. This led to hip-replacement surgery at the end of 2004.[4]

Over the years, the illness has caused his lower spine to seize up and freeze completely solid, "...causing scoliosis in [his] back and squashing [him] further down and forward until [he] was a full three inches shorter than [he] was in high school."[9]


Mars is the second of five children of Tina and Frank Deal, and is the older brother of Susie Deal.

With his first wife, Sharon, he has two children, Les Paul (b. 1971) and Stormy (b. 1973). He also has a son, Erik (b. 1976), with former longtime girlfriend, Marcia. Mars was married to Emi Canyn, (1990–94) who was a Mötley Crüe back-up singer on two tours. Mars and Fai McNasty (Seraina Shönenberger) have been in a relationship since 2007.


  1. ^ Rosen, Steven (September 6, 2008). "Motley Crue's Mick Mars: 'I've Always Been About Melody And Tone'". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 2011-06-11. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on May 4, 1951 
  2. ^ Linden, Eric. "Mick Mars Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-11. Born April 4, 1955 in Terre Haute, IN 
  3. ^ Mick Mars, Motley Crue's 'quietest' member, ready to make some noise – NewsTimes Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  4. ^ a b Rashbaum, A (October 6, 2004). "Motley Crue Guitarist Undergoes Surgery". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Machina Collaboration with Mick Mars on YouTube
  6. ^ "The Official Web Site". Crash Diet. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  7. ^ Dilana: The Reality Rocks Interview Part 2, which was also released in 2009.
  8. ^ Lee, Tommy; Strauss, Neil; Neil, Vince; Mars, Mick; Sixx, Nikki (2002) [2001]. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band (reprint, illustrated ed.). HarperCollins. p. 448. ISBN 0-06-098915-7. OCLC 212381899. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lee, et al., The Dirt, p. 187

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